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BJP men to keep watch on each minister in Uttar Pradesh

This strategy, disclosed by BJP chief Amit Shah to the ministers in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s presence, has apparently been planned after regular complaints that the party and the government are not working in sync on a variety of issues.

lucknow Updated: Jul 31, 2017 13:50 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey
Manish Chandra Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The BJP chief also wanted the ministers to implement the commitments made by the party in its manifesto with all seriousness.

Each minister in Uttar Pradesh might have to work with an organisational hand from the BJP as part of a plan to ensure that ‘satta aur sangathan’ (the government and the party) are on the same page on various issues.

This strategy, disclosed by BJP chief Amit Shah to the ministers in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s presence, has apparently been planned after regular complaints that the party and the government are not working in sync on a variety of issues.

The organisational hands deployed with the ministers will give monthly feedback on the ministry’s and perhaps even the minister’s functioning to Adityanath as well as organisational pointpersons – state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal.

The BJP chief also wanted the ministers to implement the commitments made by the party in its manifesto with all seriousness and popularise the government’s schemes among the people. He wanted the ministers, who have been made in-charge of districts, to discharge their responsibilities properly, besides remembering the importance of probity in public life.

“Those who feel that they have more work on their hands can give it in writing to Yogiji,” Shah is reported to have observed apparently to emphasise the fact that the party’s landslide win in UP has also raised the expectations which the party and the government need to fulfil.

He is reported to have given his example of how he too wanted to be by his grandchild but that he was conscious of striking a balance between his personal and professional life.

Based on inputs received by the BJP chief, Adityanath has convened a meeting of ministers at 6pm on Monday when he is expected to discuss the various points outlined by Shah and how they can be implemented.

Shah made his point at a 70-minute interaction with ministers at the BJP office. State BJP general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal will also be present at the meeting indicating the seriousness which the party’s UP unit and government were giving to the BJP chief’s suggestion.

“He didn’t take any names but he dropped ample hints that he was anxious to keep the momentum going in UP and that he was keeping a watch on both the party and the government,” a minister told HT.

After increasing complaints from the cadres that lawmakers and ministers weren’t accessible, Shah suggested that two days be kept aside for meeting party workers who want to approach them with people’s work.

Immediately after this, Shah reportedly asked the ministers what they would do if a party worker approached them on a day other than one earmarked for them?

“We will meet them,” a minister is reported to have said, earning instant disapproval of the BJP chief.

“As ministers, you have great responsibility. When time has been earmarked for them they should meet you in that time,” emphasising the importance of discipline in public life.

Towards the end of his speech, he is reported to have paused and pointedly referred to an important aspect.

“Many feel that ours is a government for five years. I want you to believe that our government is going to complete a silver jubilee,” Shah said.

A minister dissecting the takeaway from the meeting said, “I guess without saying as much he made one thing clear that since the UP win has come about after great effort and planning, everyone would have to work to ensure that the momentum isn’t lost and BJP does well in UP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 13:50 IST